Lucy Maulsby, Assistant Professor of architecture history, is a recipient of the Mellon Author Award. The grant provides emerging scholars with resources to support the inclusion of high quality images in monographs on the history of the built environment. It is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Society of Architectural Historians.
Professor Maulsby’s award covered the many costs associated with the more than seventy images included in her forthcoming book, Fascism, Architecture and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922–1943 (University of Toronto Press). The book provides the first extended look at how fascism confronted a dynamic urban environment through the example of Milan, which played a central but overlooked role in the constructing of the movement’s national image and identity.
Image acquisition is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. The maps, architectural plans, and photographs that enrich Maulsby’s book are from a wide range of sources including, city and state archives, personal archives, and period architectural journals. The award supports the fees associated with image rights and reproduction as well as the production of new images. Professor Maulsby worked closely with graduate student Blake Coren to redraw a number of site plans and to create several maps for publication. Maulsby notes that this award is one of the few that provides support for the costs assumed by authors in the illustration of scholarly books.
The book is being published by the University of Toronto Press.